Friday, April 24, 2009

Learning to Skate

When I was a kid, we went ice skating at the local park that they flooded in winter. The older neighbor kids taught me and my brothers to skate. I remember having lots of fun, and freezing!

In 2002 when the two oldest boys were 7 and 9, they were invited to a birthday skating party. I went with them and attempted to help them learn to skate. The evening was one of the funniest I have ever had, but not a successful one as far as the skating went. Seriously, the only time I fell down was once I laughed so hard, I fell. Then I wasn't sure if I could get back up, also due to excessive laughing. I was glad when the night was over that we hadn't made a trip to the ER. And neither of the boys, or myself, ever wanted to repeat that again. Well, in hindsight, that was a mistake, and I should have taken them again. The first time is the hardest, and they would have gotten the hang of it and had lots of fun if we would have continued.

So, fast forward to 2009. Two weeks ago we went skating again, well, Luke, Leia and Padme went skating for the first time. They had so much fun and they all loved it. Some very nice people from the homeschool group who were also skating helped them, especially 4 year old Padme. We went again yesterday and they all improved, and again had so much fun. I so wish I had taken the older boys again when they were younger. They are both now 6 feet tall, and it is so much farther to fall. I am trying to convince them to try it again, but old memories die hard.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday at the rink.

Here is Padme with a helper on each side. They were so good to her!

Here is Leia on her own. Last time she hugged the wall the whole time.

And here is Luke, gaining speed.

We will go again next week so they can keep up the practice. And the fun!


  1. I had such a blast with her. I hope you know that/ I don't have girls and all I get is the fart contests and bugs and boy stuff. Anywho she was such a sweety and I so loved the way her brother and my boys interacted with her. It was very sweet to watch how kind older boys can be to little girls. She was such a cutie inviting me over for tea. How cute.

    Thanks for letting me borrow her.

  2. Ah...these photos take me back.

    About 9 years ago, when my oldest turned eight my brother gave her a semester of ice skating lessons. So my brother, his son, kk and my hubby went every Saturday to learn to skate. I would go along adn my 2nd daughter and the baby at the time would watch. It looked like such fun...

    A few years ago, my second daughter, who was now ten or eleven, decided she had been cheated of a career as a professional skater and she wanted to learn to skate. We hired a private instructor and all the girls began ice skating lessons.

    I stood with the three youngest at the time, and watched, while we all froze. Well, their instructor, convinced me that I should join in. I love to try new things so I got a pair of skates and hit the ice.

    I was so terrified of falling, that I never got beyond skating around the outside edge of the rink. I still loved every minute of it, though. I might have to try to dig up the picture my hubby took when he came to watch.

    Anyway, I only lasted a few husband's schedule didn't allow him to watch the babies regularly enough...but boy what fun it was!

    My daughter's career? Well, let us say she should have stayed with the piano. She found out she didn't even like ice skating! She was so grateful when she sustained a very serious knee injury walking down the stairs. She had to undergo six months of physical therapy, followed by major knee reconstruction and more physical therapy.

    She is an excellent cook, though:)


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